Via Paul Constant, Erick “voice of the GOP Gated Community” Erickson sends out a very stern letter warning his fellow GOP (excuse me, conservative) bloggers to clean up their grounds, because using junker cars as lawn ornaments and the torn-out seats as porch furniture is a clear violation of the
party gated community covenant:
… I think conservative media is failing to advance ideas and stories. Certainly part of that is because the general media has an ideological bias against conservatives, which makes it harder for the media to take our views seriously. But many conservatives are, instead of working doubly hard to overcome that bias, just yelling louder about the same things. The echo in the chamber has gotten so loud it is not well understood outside the echo chamber in the mainstream press and in the public. It translates only as anger and noise, neither of which are conducive to the art of persuasion…
Just as troubling, there are some conservative reporters out there who aim for the basic facts, but get stuck on talking points. Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, myself, and others have been lamenting a lot of conservative reporters for this very reason. These reporters seem to covet access to the Speaker, Senate Minority Leader, and Leadership. They report on the Republican leadership’s side without question and turn conservatives in Congress into the butt of jokes.
On more than one occasion I’ve seen conservatives treat the GOP Leadership skeptically until a friend is hired by Leadership. Suddenly, the agnostic reporter becomes a believer and often uses his perch to undermine conservatives in Congress on behalf of leadership. Everyone should be questioned and friendship with the Speaker’s and Leader’s staffs should not be a goal.
More often than not these days, conservatives are being undercut by their own leadership in Congress and not the Democrats. A conservative press that caters to the talking points of the leadership is helping undercut the conservative agenda…
So Erick the RedState, who is a Businessman more than a Believer, perceives the recent death-before-dishonor-because-Obama-is-not-the-boss-of-us antics of “Leaders” like Cantor or the anti-Hagelites as detrimental to the
Republican “conservative” brand. He would rather not pay his lawyers to send out a sternly worded letter (especially since he is aware that poo-flinging monkeys like the vast majority of the right wing ‘alternative’ media have no more use for sternly-worded letters than they do for evolution or reproductive medicine). But he’s publicly edging away from loudest GOP table-pounders, trying to reposition himself just outside camera range when McConnell or McCain spills out another embarrassing paean to the good ol’ days when women and other minorities were literally chattel, and voters knew their place. Since even his meanest critics must concede that Mr. Erickson has a sharp eye for the main chance, I do believe that his epistle to the ranks must constitute Good News for John McCain the reality-based community…
Apart from saluting confusion to our enemies, what’s on the agenda this evening?